White Irish-born male playwrights and the immigrant experience onstage
in Literary visions of multicultural Ireland
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In its detailed assessment of the presence of white Irish-born playwrights in the development of community arts in Ireland, this chapter suggests the problematics involved in negotiating the authors’ whiteness in relation to the minority communities in Ireland. Irish-born playwrights such as Donal O'Kelly, Declan Gorman, and Charlie O'Neill must confront the ethical question of how to speak convincingly on issues concerning migration and racism, as individuals belonging to the privileged ‘white’ and ‘native’ majority of Ireland. As the author implies, they manage to avoid the pitfalls involved in such a task by infusing their work with a political activism which is built on previous paradigms of social and community engagement. Furthermore, community arts work fosters genuine interculturality through the cooperation and interaction on stage of ethnically diverse individuals.

Literary visions of multicultural Ireland

The immigrant in contemporary Irish literature

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